with Apple Box Boutique founder Leanne Playter Korsos
I've always been a person that loved the unusual. I would not have described it that way myself, but I've heard it so often throughout my life that the phrase is always there for me to lean on when I am asked things like, "Really, Leanne? I don't get it... why do you like that?"
Huh, well, because it has character. It is unique in it's imperfection. Like me. Like all of us.
Isn't that freeing?
There was a time in my life when I began to wonder if I was weird, because that was the word that kids used when they didn't agree with my tastes or ideas. But thanks to my parent's belief that creativity should be celebrated, I decided to chalk it up to their more positive descriptions of being 'imaginative' or 'theatrical' and enjoy the experience. Thanks, Mom and Dad! You saved me from A LOT of therapy!
Now that I am (dare I say it) a grown-up, I appreciate even more having a different perspective to draw on. It certainly helps in my 'retirement hobby' of reimagining furniture. I love the pieces that have character, that have generations of stories, that show the markings of the lives they inhabited. The cherished, the once-loved, the discarded, the worn... I have a studio full of them and each and every one is waiting to be a rejuvinated thing of beauty, enhanced through a fresh new finish and often distressed or embellished to help show its true personality.
The best part is... there is a community of 'weirdos' just like me.
One of the things that endeared Annie Sloan to me was an excerpt I found in one of her books. It was her commentary on finding beauty in imperfection, and it goes like this:
|Excerpt from Annie Sloan's book: Quick and Easy Paint Transformations|
I couldn't agree more.
I LOVE being retired from the corporate world and living this phase of my journey in my studio and at Apple Box Boutique because I get to practice this fairly wabi-sabi aesthetic every day. AND I get to share it with you.
So thank you, to all of you... this wonderful, inspiring community of the imaginative, the theatrical -- or the just darned "weird" like me -- for stopping in to this blog and the boutique, and for sharing your creativity. I LOVE your company.
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